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Preparation is key to keeping your pets safe during natural disasters.
Preparation is key to keeping your pets safe during natural disasters. / Duncan Smith / Getty Images
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The mantra that preparation is key to keeping your family safe during natural disasters also applies to your pets. Following these guidelines may ease anxiety:

Casey Anderson, wildlife expert and host of the new television series Expedition Wild, advises that if you live in an area where there has been flooding, be sure to check your yard for wild animals that may have sought a safe haven. Stressed wildlife can pose a threat to you and your pet.

• Always be sure your cat or dog is wearing a collar and identification; you’ll increase your chances of being reunited.

• If you need to evacuate, take your pets. Leaving pets behind may expose them to contaminated food or water.

• If you stay home, close off areas where scared cats may take refuge.

Expedition Wild premieres Oct. 5 on ABC stations. Check your local listings.

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